Tyler and I spent three and a half days in Amsterdam during the end of May. He had been before with family, but this was my first time. I thought the weather would be nice going so late into Spring, but Mother Nature had other plans 🙂 Luckily, I packed my rain boots, rain jacket, and a few warmer pieces–I definitely needed them every day here! We didn’t let the rain stop us from exploring; however, the first day it was raining so hard that it was difficult to have our cameras out. That explains why this post has fewer pictures than most of my other travel posts! The last two days weren’t quite as bad because the rain wasn’t continuous.
Our flight had arrived the previous morning, and like usual, my motion sickness got the best of me. Unfortunately, I spent the rest of the day in bed unable to eat. I woke up the next morning starving and eager to explore! We stayed with some of Tyler’s extended family whose apartment is on the outskirts of the city rather than in the center. There was a tram that went right from their place into the middle of the city so it was really convenient and easy to get around. Our first order of business was heading to Centraal Station to buy tram passes. We went with the three-day pass. At €17 you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of this pass. The trams are so easy to use and you can find stops all over the city! We also purchased the much needed umbrella at the station and then set out to find breakfast. I can’t even remember the name of the place where we ate because I was so hungry at this point haha! Afterwards, we wandered around and admired all of the beautiful architecture. I had already had a taste of Dutch architecture during our trip to the island of Curaçao–formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles. There is something about their style that I love so much!
We eventually passed Het Koffie Cultuur Centrum, a quaint and cozy cafe in the center of town. We decided to take refuge from the rain and map out what we wanted to do the rest of the day over some drinks. Their coffee ended up being some of the best we had on the whole trip. Amsterdam is full of indoor cafes, restaurants, shopping centers and an insane number of museums. So, even if you get caught in the rain like we did, you will not be without something to do!